Australia Stakes

  • Date: Saturday 27th January, 2017
  • Racecourse: Moonee Valley
  • Race Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Open, Weight For Age
  • Prize Money: $200,000

2016 Australia Stakes News

Golden Slipper winners team up in William Reid Stakes

Golden Slipper winners team up in William Reid Stakes

The Golden Slipper winning combination of jockey Ben Melham and trainer Gary Portelli will team up again with Rebel Dane in the Group 1 $500,000 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Jockey Ben Melham and trainer Gary Portelli will team up with Rebel Dane, above, in the 2017 William Reid Stakes. …

The 2017 Australia Stakes is a Group 2 contest run at the end of January every year at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne. 

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The Australia Stakes is run under weight for age conditions with a handy prize pool of $200,000 up for grabs.

The Australia Stakes is a sprint event with a distance of just 1200m. The action is always frantic with the tight turning and short Moonee Valley circuit always providing some of the closest fought racing.

The Australia Stakes has its name due to the event falling on the same week as Australia Day. The Moonee Valley Race Club has tried to cash in on the excitement generated around this period and the Friday night meeting has a real party type feel.

This race became the Australia Stakes in 2010, previous to that it was called the Carlyon Stakes. It has also been known as the Stanley Wootton Stakes in the past.

The Australia Stakes is one of the first black type races of the year anywhere in the country and suits horses which are either pushing on through the summer or getting into it early before the Autumn.

It can be used as an early tune up for races like the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington a couple of weeks later or event the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in two months time.

Away from the top level something like the Group 3 Rubiton Stakes could also be suited on CF Orr Stakes Day.

Despite being held so early in the year the Australia Stakes fields always tend to be of quality and there are some real champions on the winners list.

Schillaci won this race in 1993 while Clang was the champion in 1997.

Royal Code got the job done in 2002 and El Segundo got up in 2007.

More recently the world champion superstar Black Caviar triumphed in 2009 and the impressive Whitefriars upstaged Typhoon Tracy to win in 2011.

2017 Australia Stakes Field

The Australia Stakes field regularly features some top sprinters from around Victoria. Some talented interstate types also often make the journey to enter the Australia Stakes field. As a result, the Australia Stakes field usually presents a fairly exciting competition.

The 2017 Australia Stakes field is provided here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 212x12129x BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 3 58.5kg 113
2 1x4160x88x TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 1 58.5kg 112
3 11619x215x MALAGUERRA Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 9 58.5kg 112
4 x1610x703x MOURINHO Peter Gelagotis Craig Newitt 6 58.5kg 110
5 12x451008x PALENTINO Darren Weir Damian Lane 5 58.5kg 111
6 70×4367318 IT IS WRITTEN Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 7 58.5kg 92
7 133x1111x CHETWOOD John O’Shea James Doyle 8 58.5kg 105
8 x1500x1720 SIRBIBLE Russell Bell Darren Gauci 4 58.5kg 91
9 x114301612 CAVALOCE Will Clarken Dwayne Dunn 10 56.5kg 97
10 7x21x531x PEACOCK John O’Shea Craig Williams 2 55kg 76

2017 Australia Stakes Nominations

The Australia Stakes nominations are released on the Monday prior to the race. Amongst the Australia Stakes nominations you can usually find some genuine Group 1 talents who have raced well in greater competition.

The 2016 Australia Stakes nominations are published below.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 212x12129x BLACK HEART BART G 6 Darren Weir 1 58.5kg 113
2 7x1100x98x FLAMBERGE G 7 Darren Weir 2 58.5kg 112
3 1x4160x88x TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 3 58.5kg 112
4 11619x215x MALAGUERRA G 5 Peter Gelagotis 4 58.5kg 112
5 x1610x703x MOURINHO G 9 Peter Gelagotis 5 58.5kg 110
6 12x451008x PALENTINO H 4 Darren Weir 6 58.5kg 111
7 x68x265x63 BALL OF MUSCLE G 6 Joseph Pride 7 58.5kg 104
8 575432460x CHURCHILL DANCER G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 58.5kg 101
9 133x1111x CHETWOOD G 4 John O’Shea 9 58.5kg 105
10 70×4367318 IT IS WRITTEN G 8 Robbie Griffiths 10 58.5kg 92
11 x114301612 CAVALOCE M 6 Will Clarken 11 56.5kg 97
12 10x842990x WELL SPRUNG G 4 Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor 12 58.5kg 86
13 11x477x EL DIVINO C 3 Darren Weir 13 55kg 85
14 7x21x531x PEACOCK C 3 John O’Shea 14 55kg 76
15 x1500x1720 SIRBIBLE G 5 Russell Bell 15 58.5kg 91
16 1170x15x0x KAYJAY’S JOY M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 16 56.5kg 88
17 3235859×32 ZUPACHARGED G 7 Kylie Vella 17 58.5kg 82
18 85x6x1 PATRIOT ACT G 4 Jody Thompson 18 58.5kg 62

Australia Stakes Results

Australia Stakes winners, winning times and place getters since 2000 are provided below.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Malaguerra 2 Black Heart Bart 3 Sirbible  1:09.29
2016 1 Holler 2 Churchill Dancer 3 Rebel Dane  1:10.96
2015 1 Mourinho 2 It is Written 3 Dissident  1:09.9
2014 1 Richie’s Vibe 2 Moment Of Change 3 It Is Written  1:10.96
2013 1 Sea Lord 2 Pinwheel 3 Outlandish Lad  1.10.5
2012 1 Black Caviar 2 Zedi Knight 3 Doubtful Jack  1:09.4
2011 1 Whitefriars 2 Undeniably 3 Typhoon Tracy  1.09.6
2010 1 Black Caviar 2 Here De Angels 3 La Rocket  1:10.1
2009 1 Lucky Secret 2 Light Fantastic 3 Von Costa De Hero  1:11.2
2008 1 Let Go Thommo 2 Maldivian 3 Casino Prince  1:10.8
2007 1 El Segundo 2 Cocinero 3 Super Elegant  1:11.2
2006 1 California Dane 2 Virage De Fortune 3 Casual Pass  1:09.8
2005 1 Super Elegant 2 Strikeline 3 Ruben  1:10.5
2004 1 Vocabulary 2 Super Elegant 3 Confederate Kid  1:11.5
2003 1 Yell 2 Libidinious 3 Pernod  1:10.3
2002 1 Royal Code 2 Intelligent Star 3 Ustinov  1:11.0
2001 1 Piavonic 2 Ateates 3 Le Zagaletta  1:11.8
2000 1 Slavonic 2 Sports 3 Le Zagaletta  1:12.1